Sponsored by All Nippon Airways
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is committed to the environment and is doing its part to help build a sustainable society. HI Now host Jobeth Devera got to see first-hand how the airline is helping to preserve Hawaii’s unique landscape through conservation projects by planting trees in Kahuku with the nonprofit, Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI).
ANA has been conducting reforestation activities since 2004 in Japan. It partnered with HLRI to start a reforestation project in Hawaii because more than half of the native Hawaiian forest had been lost. The airline’s Honolulu team has been busy planting 520 legacy trees in Kahuku, representing the number of seats on board the A380 FLYING HONU. Legacy trees will not be cut down and will live out their natural life in the forest. As the years go on, the area will become a beautiful milo forest.
Hawaii is the only place in the United States where tropical rain forests and cloud forests exist. Sugar, pineapple, and cattle ranching have destroyed these native forests. HLRI’s mission is to rebuild these natural environments and restore the diversity and integrity of the native ecosystem. Its ultimate goal is to create a sustainable model that inspires others to come together to take action.
HLRI partners with local businesses and individuals who want to be part of re-establishing rare Hawaiian Legacy Forests. These forests include not only trees, but shrubs, grasses and even flowers. These pristine ecosystems will not only be home to Hawaii’s rare and endangered plant and bird species, but will also be economically self-sustaining. Most importantly, HLRI believes it’s important to do this in a way that honors the Hawaiian culture and history.
ANA will open a new lounge at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on May 24, the same day as the inaugural flight for the A380 FLYING HONU. In the middle of the lounge is a huge, carved milo tree that creates a canopy over the tables. The airline hopes the tree in its lounge and the milo trees planted in the ANA forest will be loved by passengers and the people of Hawaii for many years to come.